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France - Further reading

Further reading on France

  • The French by Theodore Zeldin: This is a much-trumpeted study of national passions, peculiarities and perspectives.
  • A Sentimental Journey by Laurence Sterne: A digressive and fanciful account of the author's 1765 coach tour through France and Italy.
  • Travels with a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson: A reminder of the connection between hoofing it through remote regions and the increasing prettiness of Eeyore.
  • A Little Tour in France by Henry James: This is a classic work of travel literature about France.
  • Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes: A highly entertaining novel that pays homage to the great French writer Flaubert.
  • The Autobiography of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein: Gertrude Stein memorably recounts her years in Paris.
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway: A portrayal of bohemian life in Paris between the wars.
  • France Toda by John Ardagh: An exhaustive review of all aspects of modern-day French society.
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell: A penetrating and poignant look at down-at-heel Paris in the late 1920s.
  • The Food of France by Waverly Root: First published in 1958, this is a very tasty - indeed, the definitive - region-by-region introduction to French cuisine.
  • The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir: A pioneering work on women's position in society that helped inspire the modern feminist movement.
  • Feminism in France by Claire Duchen: A reasonably contemporary exposition which charts the progress of feminism in France from 1968 to the mid-1980s.
  • Citizens by Simon Schama: For the dynamics of political history check out this influential and truly monumental work that examines the first few years after the storming of the Bastille in 1789.
  • A History of Modern France by Alfred Cobban: This readable three-volume set that covers the period from Louis XIV to 1962 is the best of the general studies of French history.
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller: Along with Tropic of Capricorn, this is one of Miller's 'sexy' novels set in Paris.
  • A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle: A best-selling account that takes a witty, patronising and very English look at the French.

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